The Treason Trust by Arthur B. Reeve


The Lost Craig Kennedy Stories

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“This new book, made up of previously uncollected Kennedy stories and assembled by J. Randolph Cox, the premier authority on Arthur B. Reeve and Craig Kennedy, is leading a revival of interest in the sleuth once called ‘The American Sherlock Holmes.’ What once seemed irretrievably dated is now seen as redolent of the times—New York City a century ago. And Reeve knew how to tell a story. He deserves this fine collection and the continuing revival of interest in his works.”—Doug Greene, publisher, Crippen & Landru

Acclaim for the work of Arthur B. Reeve—

“By the mid-1920s, Craig Kennedy . . . had contributed a new dimension of the methodical detective to literature.”— J. Kenneth Van Dover, You Know My Method: The Science of the Detective

“One of the first crime writers to employ the forensic devices.”—Steven Powell (ed.), 100 American Crime Writers

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Before CSI, there was Craig Kennedy, the most famous “scientific detective” of all time. Follow Kennedy, known as “the American Sherlock Holmes,” as he unravels a web of dope, kidnapping and white slavery in “The Abduction Club,” deciphers the case of “The Stolen War Secret,” and battles espionage, duplicity and treachery while helping to protect the American home front in “The Treason Trust,” “The Film Murder,” “The Star-Shell” and “The Love Game.”

Extremely popular when written, this is the first book appearance of these novellas and short stories in their original form since their initial magazine publications.

“Without his skill as a chemist and his application of forensic science to the solving of mysteries, there might not be such an emphasis on scientific methods in the crime dramas on television in the 21st century.”—J. Randolph Cox, from his introduction.


  • Introduction by J. Randolph Cox
  • The Abduction Club
  • The Star-Shell
  • The Film Murder
  • The Treason Trust
  • The Love Game
  • The Stolen War Secret


  • In Defense of the Detective Story by Arthur B. Reeve

First book publication.

Trade paperback / 270 pages

Cover design by Tom Roberts.


Multiple Five Star reviews  on Amazon.

Additional information

Weight 16 oz
Dimensions 9 × 6 × 1 in